Board of Regents approves Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Informatics

Coles College of Business

New degree aims to produce more workers for the health IT sector KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 16,…

Georgia (Apr 16, 2015)New degree aims to produce more workers for the health IT sector

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 16, 2015) — Kennesaw State will offer a new Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Informatics‚ an interdisciplinary degree designed to address the growing demand within the health information technology sector.

The new degree‚ approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia at its April 14 meeting‚ is the only one of its kind in the system.

The curriculum will be designed to address delivery of healthcare; information technology; computing; data analytics; informatics; and leadership/management principles. Kennesaw State will offer the program beginning in fall 2016.

“Kennesaw State developed this degree because we recognize that healthcare management and informatics is one of the fastest-growing health occupations in the nation,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “There is a critical need for students with this skill set, and Kennesaw State will produce professionals well-equipped to lead and make a difference in the quality of the nation’s healthcare.”

As a growing area of the healthcare sector, the specialization of healthcare informatics includes a wide range of jobs involved with the collection and processing of health information to improve the quality of patient care.

The Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Informatics will provide graduates with an understanding of the complexities that must be considered when making technology and management decisions within healthcare organizations, and the key role that informatics can play in the delivery and practice of quality healthcare.

The graduate degree program spans three colleges – Coles College of Business, College of Science and Mathematics and WellStar College of Health and Human Services – and four departments – Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics and Nursing. The cohort program will be delivered over four semesters and will include 11 courses and a total of 36 credit hours.

“The growth in this field is exponential,” said Traci Carte, chair of the Department of Information Systems. “There are not enough people to handle the demand. The potential for our students is vast.”


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.




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